She turns unsteadily, looks at the cold pond, and thinks about walking into it. That would make sense. She would be cold and wet... simple. What she is feeling right now is not so simple. Violet Sanders is a high school junior living in the suburbs with her single, workaholic mom and overachieving older sister, Maggie. Violet's a loving, adventurous, imperfect teenager negotiating friendships, romance, substance use, and sexuality as she tries to find a safe place in the world.
Glimpses into the lives and thoughts of Violet's friends, family, and lovers teach us about her story, with special attention paid to the contrasting worldview of her mother. Mom wants nothing but the best for Violet, yet is totally disconnected from what Violet needs most.